Help Wordnik hunt for a million missing words by backing our Kickstarter!


from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An Australian bird of the genus Orthonyx, formerly considered as related to the lyre-bird, but now placed in that heterogeneous group the Timeliid√¶. There are about half a dozen species, the type of the genus being O. spinicauda. They are almost as large as sparrows, and have large feet, straight claws, and a spiny tail, whence the name spine-tail, frequently given to them.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.